High School Sports

They coached at Crowley in the late 90s. They’ll now go into the Hall of Honor together

Timber Creek girls soccer coach Mike King and Aledo boys coach Derek Vierling were both selected for the 2019 Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Hall of Honor.

Vierling, who finished his 24th season, won his 500th career game on Jan. 29. He’s been with Aledo the past 18 years after spending his first six seasons at Crowley.

Vierling started the Aledo boys soccer program in 2002. The Bearcats have reached the playoffs 17 times during his tenure.

He also took over the girls program for eight seasons, starting in 2005. They made the postseason in all eight years and reached as far as the regional final in 2008. The boys reached the state tourney in 2005 and 2018, both times finishing as runner-up.

Vierling won his first game as the boys coach at Crowley in 1995.

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Aledo coach Derek Vierling, with cap and sunglasses, discusses Wednesday practice, April 18, 2018. bgosset@star-telegram.com Brian Gosset

King joined Vierling at Crowley as the girls coach in 1998 after spending his first three years as the boys coach at Burleson. During his tenure, the Elks made the playoffs three times and reached the regional quarterfinals in 1994.

He won over 200 games with Crowley, where he spent 11 seasons. The Eagles went to the regional quarterfinals seven times and the regional tournament three times (2000, 2001, 2005).

King, who won his 400th career game on March 8, began the Rex King Memorial soccer tournament seven years ago in honor of his father, who died in 2011 of cancer, and the tournament bearing his name is a fundraiser for Community Hospice of Texas.

Over the years, the tournament has raised over $75,000 for the Fort Worth hospice.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.